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house Bill H.R. 49

Should a Federally-Designated National Pulse Memorial be Established at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida?

Argument in favor

The Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 was a tragedy that must be memorialized to ensure it isn’t forgotten. Redesignating the Pulse Memorial as the National Pulse Memorial would give the memorial the national-level recognition it needs. This proposal has precedent, with 10 memorials across the country already having federal recognition without federal funding.

Frank-001's Opinion
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05/12/2021
A memorial is an excellent idea. The Memorial Will Become a Glaring and Haunting Reminder that Gun Control Reform is Absolutely Necessary!!!
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ashcpharmd's Opinion
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05/12/2021
Dear Idiots who can’t read (I.e. anyone mentioning money or taxes) - there is NO MONEY involved in this bill so how about you stop using this vote and comment section to whine about your tax dollars and spare us YOUR “virtue signaling” politics, please and thank you 😒🙄. And since you care so much about tax dollars for monuments- we’ve spent $40 million dollars on confederate monuments. So I expect your mouths to be 100% SHUT when they’re removed. It’s because I don’t want MY tax dollars spent on their upkeep. 😁 https://www.typeinvestigations.org/blog/2019/03/26/still-funding-confederacy/
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Liz's Opinion
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05/14/2021
At the time, the Pulse massacre was the largest mass murder in our history. A monument to those killed and injured at the site is entirely appropriate.
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Argument opposed

Given that this bill wouldn’t provide any National Park System funding or other federal funds for the National Pulse Memorial, it’s unclear what benefit there is to redesignating the Pulse Memorial. Rather than redesignate the Pulse Memorial without making it part of the National Park System, it would be more meaningful to redesignate the memorial as part of the National Park System and provide federal funds for its maintenance.

larubia's Opinion
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05/12/2021
If you want to honor the victims at the Pulse Night Club ( or October 1 in Vegas, or Virginia Tech, or Sutherland Springs TX, or Sandy Hook, or Killeen TX, or San Ysidrro, or Parkland, or El Pas TX, or University of Texas Austin...these are just the top ten!), then ... PASS COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION!!!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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05/12/2021
Why prohibit funding? Why not add it to the National Park system? We have hundreds of Memorial’s that are in the system and get funding for maintenance. Why specifically denied this one? (Dave: IKR?!? We still pay for traitorous racist confederate monuments, but dog forbid we pay for non cis-het ones. Effing Bigots.)
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05/12/2021
While a tragedy, and I understand the need to remind us of what happened, these days, I am conflicted about memorials in general. Funding and level of recognition aside, memorials, whether its association is with an event or person, etc., good or bad, talks to history. If done, will in a few years someone destroy it or claim that it serves as a negative reminder of past bad behavior, as evident with the recent destruction of existing memorials.
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What is House Bill H.R. 49?

This bill would designate the Pulse Memorial location at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida as the “National Pulse Memorial.” This federal designation would recognize the victims of, survivors of, and first responders to the June 12, 2016, shooting at Pulse nightclub. Federal funds would be prohibited from being used on any activities for any activities related to the Pulse Memorial. The Pulse Memorial would not be designated as a unit of the National Park System.

Impact

Pulse nightclub; Pulse Memorial; and the onePULSE Foundation

Cost of House Bill H.R. 49

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this legislation would not affect the federal budget, as it specifically prohibits the use of federal funds for any activities related to the memorial it proposes and wouldn’t designate the memorial as a unit of the National Park System.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) reintroduced this legislation from the 116th Congress to establish the site of Pulse nightclub as a federally recognized National Memorial Site. In remarks during a June 10, 2019, press conference at the Pulse Interim Memorial, Rep. Soto said:

“Our efforts to designate the Pulse Nightclub a National Memorial site honors the lives of the 49 victims and survivors, and ensures no one ever forgets this tragedy. The Memorial will serve as a reminder of the remarkable way our community came together to heal and overcome hate. We recognize the need to preserve LGBTQ historic sites, because of cases like the Matthew Shepard Memorial which have been deliberately destroyed over time without these protections. Let the Pulse Memorial become a symbol of hope, love, and light.”

Barbara Poma, CEO of onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to memorialize the Pulse shooting tragedy, supports this legislation:

“Establishing the site of Pulse nightclub as a National Historic Site is an important step in honoring those who were taken and ensuring we as a nation remember what happened here on June 12, 2016. In these times when acts of hate and violence are on the rise, we must remember our past and work to do better now and in the future.”

This legislation has 15 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 13 Democrats and two Republicans, in the current session of Congress. In the 116th Congress, this legislation passed the House by voice vote with the support of 46 bipartisan House cosponsors, including 44 Democrats and two Republicans.

According to Rep. Soto’s office, Florida’s senior Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), was approached to support this legislation in the Senate last Congress. However, according to Sen. Soto’s office, Sen. Rubio declined to introduce this legislation in the Senate. In the 117th Congress, there remains no Senate companion to this legislation.


Of NoteIn the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 29-year-old Omar Mateen killed 49 and wounded more than 50 people in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Pulse, which had opened in 2004, was one of central Florida’s most vibrant spots for LGBTQ social life. On the night of Mateen’s attack, Pulse was hosting its popular Latin Night, which drew from a broad section of the community.

After the shooting, Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma established the onePULSE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. This organization’s mission is to memorialize the tragedy of the shooting and ensure that Pulse’s legacy of love, acceptance, and hope will never be lost. At present, onePULSE plans to build the National Pulse Memorial and Museum, slated to open in 2022 on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties. This museum will include the Orlando Health Survivors Walkway.

Most National Memorials are owned and run by the U.S. National Park Service, but some are not. Ten national memorials are not affiliated with the NPS, including the National Memorial for Fallen Educators, National AIDS Memorial, and David Berger Memorial.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: Ebyabe via Creative Commons)

AKA

To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.

Official Title

To designate the National Pulse Memorial located at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed on a voice vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed on a voice vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2021
    A memorial is an excellent idea. The Memorial Will Become a Glaring and Haunting Reminder that Gun Control Reform is Absolutely Necessary!!!
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    If you want to honor the victims at the Pulse Night Club ( or October 1 in Vegas, or Virginia Tech, or Sutherland Springs TX, or Sandy Hook, or Killeen TX, or San Ysidrro, or Parkland, or El Pas TX, or University of Texas Austin...these are just the top ten!), then ... PASS COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION!!!
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    Why prohibit funding? Why not add it to the National Park system? We have hundreds of Memorial’s that are in the system and get funding for maintenance. Why specifically denied this one? (Dave: IKR?!? We still pay for traitorous racist confederate monuments, but dog forbid we pay for non cis-het ones. Effing Bigots.)
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    Dear Idiots who can’t read (I.e. anyone mentioning money or taxes) - there is NO MONEY involved in this bill so how about you stop using this vote and comment section to whine about your tax dollars and spare us YOUR “virtue signaling” politics, please and thank you 😒🙄. And since you care so much about tax dollars for monuments- we’ve spent $40 million dollars on confederate monuments. So I expect your mouths to be 100% SHUT when they’re removed. It’s because I don’t want MY tax dollars spent on their upkeep. 😁 https://www.typeinvestigations.org/blog/2019/03/26/still-funding-confederacy/
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    Federal? Really? What’s the point? It’s only purpose is for placating to a subset of Americans. Enough with the virtue signaling and identity politics already!!!! Until we can learn to respect everything in its context and history then no. In a few years it will just get destroyed.
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    While a tragedy, and I understand the need to remind us of what happened, these days, I am conflicted about memorials in general. Funding and level of recognition aside, memorials, whether its association is with an event or person, etc., good or bad, talks to history. If done, will in a few years someone destroy it or claim that it serves as a negative reminder of past bad behavior, as evident with the recent destruction of existing memorials.
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    Our Congress honors victims of shooting more than they honor our military veterans. It is sad that we have these mass shooting, but Congress does nothing for mental health issues.
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    No. How can you fund a memorial for one shooting and not fund all of them. Instead, use the money to get rid of the weapons of mass destruction.
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    This should be a state issue. Not federal.
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    I don’t object to this. I think, however, that if the intent is to make sure victims of mass shootings are not forgotten, or the enormity of the loss to the nation, it makes more sense to place a memorial somewhere on or near the Mall in DC that can be added to and where more people will see it due to its location. Maybe a mother, father, and child group atop a wall where the names of victims or the locations and number of fatalities at each are etched. Or a digital counter with a identifying plaque showing the current count of lives lost due to mass shootings. Or maybe the plaque should show the number of lives lost due to murder including the mass shootings. Mass shootings are a tragedy, certainly. Ultimately, they are murders. I’m not sure focusing on mass shootings per se is more meaningful.
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    A memorial is not going to bring back lives that are lost due to unrestrictedgun laws. To really make a lasting memorial to the ones lost to gun violence change the laws to outlaw high capacity weapons.
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    I honestly wish we didn't have to make any memorials to massacres such as the Pulse shooting, which is hardly talked about anymore despite it being one of the largest number of victims in American history. I think if we are going to memorialize the Pulse shooting, it should be part of the National Park system so it can be recognized by travelers, receive federal funds, and be part of our (sad) history. Designating a memorial federally but not making it under the control of the NPS seems insufficient, and this tragedy deserves more recognition.
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    To burrkitty. Homophobia. Transphobia. Racism.
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    No...this whole country will end up with memorials to Hate. Let's celebrate the good.
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    I think a MUCH better idea would be to PASS FEDERAL COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS!!!!!!!!!!!
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    This would be a nice thing to do to commemorate those killed IF it weren't one of so many such sites. We simply cannot make every such site federally funded memorial. A sign explaining the horrors which occurred there would be nice though.
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    National memorials should honor soldiers who have sacrificed to preserve our republic. This does not meet the criteria.
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    At the time, the Pulse massacre was the largest mass murder in our history. A monument to those killed and injured at the site is entirely appropriate.
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    Yes they absolutely should considering how traumatic this was for so many people, the lost need to be honored.
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    For those who can’t read. There is already a memorial in place. And since it won’t be federally funded. There is 0 need for it to be federally recognized. This is a pointless thing, OR there is some nefarious reason we are not being made fully aware of. Leave the memorial as it is. I need more details on WHY we would change it to “federal” without funding - why having a REGULAR memorial (as it currently is), does not suffice, before I can support any changes. More shady dealings to play on people’s emotions? Unknown. Lots of better places to be focusing right now - like Jews being murdered, or genocide in China. Just saying.
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